Tag: plugin

WordPress Extend Akismet Spam Delete Time

Akismet, by default, deletes spam after 15 days. This may be fine most people, but I use my spam to control and deny new bots from my site. I cannot use this input when Akismet simply deletes it after the default 15 days. I often times am busier than that.

Here’s a 2016 post on how to extend this 15 day time limit.

You can change the number of days Akismet should keep spam comments in your database. Simply add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.

add_filter( ‘akismet_delete_comment_interval’, ‘custom_spam_delete_interval’ );

NoScript, Why I use it: Why does PopSugar.com have so many links?

The NoScript plugin allows me to degrade sites such as PopSugar down to what I wish to connect, and not what they wish for me to connect. Look at all those sites that I did not ask for?

The NoScript plugin allows me to degrade sites such as PopSugar down to what I wish to connect, and not what they wish for me to connect. Look at all those sites that I did not ask for?

Social butterfly I am not, but on the web I can be a bit promiscuous, not sexually but the willingness browse near anything. I figured I needed some protection. NoScript, a browser plugin, offers this protection for me by blocking errant scripts from contacting a huge number of web sites that do not ask me for permission and that I do not provide permission.

NoScript Plugin: Simple Instructions

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. The large clock means it is temporary and will be removed when the browser closes.

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. The large clock means it is temporary and will be removed when the browser closes.

NoScript 10.1.5.9 is a web browser plugin for Firefox that allows you to control what javascripts run on your browser. I find it a very effective tool that really does a good job, but was initially most discouraged because the instructions were complex and the tool is not so user friendly. This is a simplified set of minimal instructions that will get you started. If you need more than the basics then go read the complete official instructions.

Firefox NoScript Plugin Problems: Unclear Documentation, bad UI

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. Click the large clock and it will turn into a small clock, which means it is now permanent and will be retained when the browser closes.

Firefox Noscript plugin 10.1.5.9 trust a site. Note that I hit the large S for google.com and now it says trusted. Click the large clock and it will turn into a small clock, which means it is now permanent and will be retained when the browser closes.

After a couple of sites I visit decided to use overly aggressive javascript I decided to try the NoScript plugin v10.1.5.9. This plugin, standard on the Tor browser, works quite well. Unfortunately when I close the browser my settings are all lost and I have to redo them. I tried to read the documentation, which is badly written and even tried to find the solution in a Google search. Finally I stumbled upon the FAQ from within the Firefox plugin area, from my browser and found a solution. I wrote some NoScript Plugin: Simple Instructions for myself.

Caught me: Adblock-plus goes Rogue

The National Post put up a news article about user centered design in cars, which turned out to be an ad. I took screen caps of this offending article and wrote about it. The image file name I used included the snippet “-ad-“, which was enough for my ad-block plus browser plugin to remove it from my view. Only after renaming the file name and reuploading it could I actually see the ad. Lesson learned.

WordPress Web URIs: wpcspReceiveCSPviol=1 and wpCSPNonce from the WP Content Security Policy Plugin

I started to receive these WordPress URIs after someone read one of my WordPress posts. This confused me. These are connected to WordPress Failure Notices, but not quite.

The first part, wpcspReceiveCSPviol=1, was once used in a WordPress spoof to redirect people to some other site, but there was no other URL and no redirection.

POST /wp?wpcspReceiveCSPviol=1&wpCSPNonce=6606ca489f HTTP/1.1

My WordPress Blog hijacked: The Pharma Hack

Rest assured, I have not started a pharmacy and am not promoting illegal drugs on my personal blog. Oh no, as I am a “No Drugs” type of person. I was the victim of the Pharma Hack. This virus changes your indexing on Google Search so when people search for your site instead of your blog entry title they get ads for pharmaceutical drugs. I was not happy about this. After many extensive changes in beefing up WordPress security, so far Google search has started to index me correctly. This might take a couple of months, so bear with me.